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An Invitation to Join #ChangeTheNow

In 2018 Georgian College, Canada’s first Ashoka Changemaker College, wanted to know if they could mobilize students from kindergarten to Post Secondary into a movement, effectively building a region of Changemakers. It was from here that #ChangeTheNow began.

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#ChangeTheNow was created on the beliefs that small acts can lead to big change and collaborations can turn into largescale movements. We believe together students’, educators’ and communities’ ideas can spark systems shifts that make will make our communities greener, healthier, safer, stronger and more inclusive!

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  • Profile picture for Amandeep Kaur
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 11:07:47 -0700 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_define_reflection_1065

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might you explain the value of you having a systems-thinking mindset when attempting to define and understand a complex problem?

    Amandeep's Answer

    Systems thinking mindset is an asset to better understand the problem and factors that shapes the problem

  • Profile picture for Kinjal Patel
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 08:36:08 -0700 complete_your_me_we_reflection_1062

    🤔 Reflection question

    After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?

    Kinjal's Answer

    I have gained new awareness for myself (ME) and my community (WE). I have learned to view complex problems through a systems-thinking lens, enabling me to identify underlying patterns, interconnections, and potential solutions. For my community (WE), I have come to appreciate the power of collaboration and the strength that arises from diverse perspectives. I recognize the value of inclusive dialogue and how it contributes to more innovative and comprehensive problem-solving. One action I might take to continue exploring these newfound insights is to actively engage in cross-disciplinary discussions and collaborations. By seeking out opportunities to work with individuals from different backgrounds and fields, I can apply my systems-thinking approach and active listening skills to contribute meaningfully to a wide range of conversations and projects.

  • Profile picture for Kinjal Patel
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 08:32:38 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_pitch_reflection_1062

    🤔 Reflection question

    What did you learn about publicly sharing your ideas that you will carry with you in your future of work?

    Kinjal's Answer

    Sharing ideas publicly exposes them to diverse perspectives and feedback. This input can help refine your ideas, uncover blind spots, and lead to improved outcomes. In my future of work, these lessons can guide you in effectively sharing your ideas, engaging in meaningful conversations, and making a positive impact within your chosen field.

  • Profile picture for Kinjal Patel
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 08:30:27 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_prototype_test_reflection_1062

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might the prototype & test stage help you with overcoming a fear of failure or challenging your assumptions about what is ‘right’?

    Kinjal's Answer

    the prototype and test stage provides a structured framework for embracing failure as a pathway to growth and improvement. It encourages you to challenge your assumptions, learn from mistakes, and develop a more resilient and adaptable approach to problem-solving.

  • Profile picture for Roshan Thapa
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 08:26:49 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_pitch_reflection_1063

    🤔 Reflection question

    What did you learn about publicly sharing your ideas that you will carry with you in your future of work?

    Roshan's Answer

    Public speaking/communication is an important skill that helps to share your ideas confidently and get a feedback from your audiences so that you can work on them to create more productivity.

  • Profile picture for Roshan Thapa
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 08:24:42 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_prototype_test_reflection_1063

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might the prototype & test stage help you with overcoming a fear of failure or challenging your assumptions about what is ‘right’?

    Roshan's Answer

    The two stages, prototype and testing are the major stages to check the possible result of the implementation. They help to overcome a fear of failure as prototype is a design and we can replicate it as a final product and test its functionalities.

  • Profile picture for Kinjal Patel
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 07:42:08 -0700 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_ideate_reflection_1062

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might ideation help you develop your active listening skills to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team?

    Kinjal's Answer

    Ideation, the process of generating and developing creative ideas, can significantly enhance your active listening skills and improve your ability to brainstorm and reflect on ideas effectively with your team. You're exposed to a variety of viewpoints and suggestions from your team members. Actively listening to these diverse perspectives helps you become more open-minded and receptive to different ideas, even if they initially seem unconventional.

  • Profile picture for Kinjal Patel
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-17 07:40:33 -0700 _complete_your_hcdt_stage_define_reflection_1062

    🤔 Reflection question

    How might you explain the value of you having a systems-thinking mindset when attempting to define and understand a complex problem?

    Kinjal's Answer

    Having a systems-thinking mindset is incredibly valuable when defining and understanding a complex problem because it allows you to view the issue as part of a larger interconnected web rather than in isolation. This approach acknowledges that problems rarely exist in a vacuum, and their causes and effects are often influenced by a multitude of interrelated factors

  • Profile picture for Lisa Marie Ortiz
    posted in "Food Miles - SDG #13, Summer 2023" 2023-08-16 20:27:23 -0700 complete_your_me_we_reflection_1057

    🤔 Reflection question

    After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?

    Lisa Marie's Answer

    One thing I’ll carry from this experience is that individual actions matter a lot. As part of CTN 13, every student and team made great contributions that not just connect us to the campaign we worked hard on but also to the higher purpose we’ve been fighting for, which is to promote and embrace the use of sustainable food practices towards for the betterment of the community. From this experience, I will continue to explore the efforts I can do as an individual and as part of the community towards making a positive change.

  • Profile picture for Lisa Marie Ortiz
    posted in "Food Miles - SDG #13, Summer 2023" 2023-08-16 20:23:01 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_pitch_reflection_1057

    🤔 Reflection question

    What did you learn about publicly sharing your ideas that you will carry with you in your future of work?

    Lisa Marie's Answer

    I think being able to pitch your long nights of analysis and weeks of research into a compounded amount of time is a challenging task. After doing the pitch, I learned that I have to be able to comprehend not just my understanding of our hard work but also connect to the audience for them to get the idea and meaning of our campaign. It was a good experience to be able to not only share our ideas but also to listen to the other groups' projects as well.

  • Profile picture for Kavindu Elroy Edward Alexander
    posted in "Food Miles - SDG #13, Summer 2023" 2023-08-16 19:01:44 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_pitch_reflection_1056

    🤔 Reflection question

    What did you learn about publicly sharing your ideas that you will carry with you in your future of work?

    Kavindu Elroy's Answer

    presenting our idea in a public forum, gave us a confidence boost that there are like minded people in the community that we can collaborate with to build and share ideas. The feedback from sharing would always be crucial to understanding the impact of our ideas.

  • Profile picture for Roshan Thapa
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-15 08:31:28 -0700 complete_your_me_we_reflection_1063

    🤔 Reflection question

    After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?

    Roshan's Answer

    ME is WE, it's all about teamwork. You put your efforts, ideas, and innovations while others should respect those efforts, ideas, and innovations. If you collaborate and understand everyone, you will get what you and your team needed. To continue exploring it, we can develop our system-thinking capability and create an environment where your small actions are impactful.

  • Profile picture for Masira Mansuri
    posted in "Food Miles - SDG #13, Summer 2023" 2023-08-13 15:57:42 -0700 complete_your_me_we_reflection_1052

    🤔 Reflection question

    After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?

    Masira's Answer

    After CTN i felt that i am much more conscious of my actions on how it affects the environment. Working for climate action has brought to my notice some facts that are critical and it also motivated me to work on minimizing things that are harmful for the environment even if it is the smallest of things, it could made a huge impact.

  • Profile picture for Masira Mansuri
    posted in "Food Miles - SDG #13, Summer 2023" 2023-08-13 15:54:36 -0700 complete_your_hcdt_stage_pitch_reflection_1052

    🤔 Reflection question

    What did you learn about publicly sharing your ideas that you will carry with you in your future of work?

    Masira's Answer

    Sharing ideas with people can make us feel that what we did had some meaning and that we are able to reach a stage where we can openly share what we worked on. It also helps to collect responses and opinions of people to see if there were somethings that were missed or just get a new perspective on things.

  • Profile picture for Aashutosh Sharma
    posted in "Sustainable Cities and Communities - SDG #11, Summer 2023" 2023-08-11 08:09:02 -0700 complete_your_me_we_reflection_1070

    🤔 Reflection question

    After completing CTN, what new awareness do you have for yourself (ME) and your community (WE) and what is one action you might take to continue to explore it?

    Aashutosh's Answer

    In terms of my community (WE), I've grown to appreciate the strength of collective efforts. The CTN experience has shown me the potential for collaboration to drive meaningful change. I now see the significance of each individual's contribution in creating a stronger, more vibrant community. I've also become aware of the interconnectedness of our actions and how they can ripple out to impact others positively.